About MFPHMI Part II

The MFPHMI Part II exam consists of an oral assessment of two Public Health Reports.

From April 2020, candidates applying for the first time will be required to submit two public health reports for the Part II examination (this is a reduction from the previous requirement of three public health reports).

  • The format of the reports remains unchanged. However, the word count will be limited to 10,000 words for each report.
  • The topic areas to choose from for the public health reports will not change, however there will no longer be a specific requirement for one of the public health reports to cover health protection.

Both public health reports will be examined at an oral examination. The two reports may be submitted and examined either at one (the same) sitting or at different sittings.

  • There is a limit of three attempts for MFPHMI Part II.
  • A Public Health Report that is passed on one attempt may be 'banked' for future sittings.

Public Health Reports

Your Public Health Reports (PHR) must show that you have developed and applied a range of competencies from those outlined in the curriculum for Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine. You must demonstrate that you can critically study an epidemiological or public health question, carry out in-depth investigations of the issues and propose appropriate solutions. To find out more about the assessment of PHRs, see our Regulations, Guidance Document, Grading Criteria, Checklist and Assessment Form, see below.

Additional Notes

There will also be a change to the format of the General Oral examination. This will be replaced by MFPHMI Part III, ie. Oral Examination of Professional Competence (OEPC). You can find more information about this examination on the individual MFPHMI Part III page. 

Entry requirements

  • You must have passed the MFPHMI Part I within the last seven years OR
  • Be a registered medical practitioner who is exempt from MFPHMI Part I on the basis of passing the Diplomate Examination of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (DFPH), formerly Part A.

What to include with your application

There is an online application process for this exam. When you apply, you will be required to submit:

  • A completed copy of the MFPHMI supplementary application form, available below.
  • Two testimonial forms (one for each PHR) available below.
  • Certificate of registration with your Medical Council.
  • Your report(s) in a Word format - if the upload isn't working, please email your report(s) to
  • Resubmission of PHRs that fail form, available below (only if applicable).

If you are exempt from MFPHMI Part I you must also submit:

  • An attested copy of your primary medical degree.
  • A letter confirming that you have passed the Diplomate Examination of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (DFPH), formerly Part A.

NOTE! Separately, you must also provide:

  • Three printed soft-bound copies of each report. Further instructions are always provided in the "apply here" section, see below.
  • Electronic and printed reports must reach us by 4pm on the closing date for applications.

Your documents can be attested by:

  • An Garda Siochana (Irish police force)
  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • A solicitor/ notary public/ lawyer
  • A Commissioner for oaths
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by the issuing University or Medical School, an Irish or British Consulate, or your Embassy or High Commissioner.

Application fee

The fee to sit the MFPHMI Part II exam is €450. Candidates may choose to split the exam over two sittings, submitting one Public Health Report each time; the fee for each sitting is €225.  The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process. Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme.

MFPHMI Examinations Calendar 2022

This calendar includes opening/closing dates for all 2022 examinations. TBC dates will be updated later in the year

HST PHM Training Handbook

Your Part II Public Health Reports must show you have developed and applied competencies outlined in this document.

MFPHMI Exam Regulations

Please read our exam regulations before you apply

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Guidance Document

Advice on what to write about, and formatting and submitting your Public Health Reports for Part II

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Grading Criteria

This document summarises how each Public Health Report will be graded to a pass, pass (subject to amendments) or fail result

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Checklist

From January 2022, candidates are expected to have read this document and comply with the contents when preparing and submitting PHRs

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Assessment Form

The assessment form our examiners use to grade Public Health Reports

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Testimonial Form

You need to provide one testimonial form per Public Health Report, signed by a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland or UK

MFPHMI Part II Supplementary Application Form

When you are applying for MFPHMI Part II you must submit this supplementary application form

MFPHMI Part II Resubmission of PHRs that fail - table

When you are applying for MFPHMI Part II, this document (ie. table 1) must be completed and submitted in addition to the resubmitted PHR.

MFPHMI Part II Resubmission of PHRs - procedures

Procedures for PHRs that fail.

Examinations Calendar 2023

Please click the button below to visit the RCPI Examinations Calendar for 2023. This includes examination dates, application opening and closing dates and examination fees.

Apply HERE

The applications for MFPHMI Part II examination are now open, see the application links below. It will take place on 25 & 26 October 2022 in Dublin (it may be reduced to only one day, subject to the number of applications). More details will be provided to the candidates in due course.


  • The applications will close on 8 September, ie. this is also the deadline to submit public health reports. 
  • Verifications are usually completed up to two weeks after the closing date for applications.
  • Candidates are required to upload their reports in a Word format via the application link.
  • In addition to an electronic version, candidates also need to send three printed copies of each report to the RCPI Examinations Office, Frederick House, 19 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2 OR you can drop them off at the same address, ie. go to the 4th floor and leave your reports with our receptionist Linda. The printed reports must arrive at RCPI by 4pm on the closing date for applications. 

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